Positive effects of a
qigong and aerobic exercise program on physical health in elderly Japanese
Sakata,1 Qiming Li,2 Michio
Tanaka,2 and Fumihiro Tajima3
1Health Support Center Kitade, 733-1 Takara, Yukawa-cho,
Gobo, Wakayama, 644-0011 Japan
2Medical and Fitness Aquo, Gobo,
3Department of Rehabilitation
Medicine, Wakayama Medical University
School of Medicine, Wakayama,
Sakata, Phone: +81-738-243000, Fax: +81-738-243001, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Prev Med. 2008 May; 13(3): 162–168.
To determine the effects of a 12-week qigong and aerobic exercise
program on the physical well-being of relatively healthy elderly Japanese
first study, 72 elderly Japanese women who were relatively healthy and naive to
qigong completed the 12-week qigong and aerobic exercise program. Physical
function, body composition, and abdominal fat were evaluated. In the second
study, we examined the effects of qigong alone on physical function.
Twenty-nine participants in each of two groups (divided according to their
residences) underwent a 12-week program: qigong and aerobic exercise (residents
in Yura Town) or qigong exercise alone (residents in Mihama Town).
first study, physical function including lung capacity, trunk bending, normal
walking for 30 m, and rising from a supine position significantly improved
after the 12-week program. In addition, body fat diminished significantly
during the program. In the second study, both exercise programs (“qigong and
aerobic” and “qigong alone”) similarly increased walking speed (normal and
maximum walking) and rising speed.
findings of this exploratory study demonstrated that a 12-week qigong and
aerobic exercise program was associated with improvements in physical function
and a reduction in body fat. The qigong exercise program alone positively
influenced physical function. The qigong program appears to be an appealing
means of improving the physical health of elderly persons.